UMCity Medini Lakeside – The New Nexus in Medini, Iskandar Malaysia

Johor MB Officiates Groundbreaking at Award-Winning UMCity Medini Lakeside by UMLand and Samsung C&T Corporation

  • Groundbreaking ceremony for the RM1.2 billion GDV development was led by UMCity Medini Lakeside developer, UMLand and world-leading construction company, Samsung C&T Corporation
  • Located at the gateway into Medini Iskandar, the 5-acre UMCity Medini Lakeside is a waterfront mixed integrated development ideal for community living and work
  •  UMCity Medini Lakeside is poised to redefine metropolitan international brand collaborations in Iskandar Malaysia

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Nusajaya, 20 May 2015 – United Malayan Land Bhd (UMLand) today held a groundbreaking celebration for UMCity Medini Lakeside, its premiere mixed integrated development in Medini Iskandar, with award-wining builder Samsung C&T.

The ceremony was officiated by Dato’ Mohamed Khaled Nordin, Chief Minister of Johor and marked the beginning of construction works at the 5-acre development which fronts a beautiful landscaped lake park. Also in attendance were His Excellency Carlos Domínguez Díaz, Ambassador of Spain to Malaysia, His Excellency Suh Chung-Ha, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Singapore, and Chi Hun Choi, the President and CEO of Samsung C&T Corporation

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This is a significant milestone for UMLand in positioning itself to become the lifestyle developer of quality products in all their projects. UMCity is UMLand’s award-winning flagship mixed commercial development with a Gross Development Value (GDV) of RM1.2bil in Medini Iskandar. Its UMCity Office Tower was named the Best Office Development at the recent Asia Pacific Property Awards which was held in early May 2015.

In his officiating speech, Dato’ Mohamed Khaled Nordin said, ‘UMLand’s UMCity development reflects the highest level of confidence in the efforts to position Medini as the preferred destination for investment. This catalyst development will become the new nexus in Medini, bridging the lifestyle components to Medini’s fast growing business components.’

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The groundbreaking celebration also witnessed the welcoming onboard of a new partner from Spain for UMCity – Roca, which is renowned for their complete bathroom solutions. UMCity also announced that AECOM, an internationally acclaimed multidisciplinary design company was responsible for the design of the Medini Lakeside public park. The presence of Roca and AECOM add to the already impressive list of UMCity international delivery partners who will be setting the benchmark in quality service in Medini Iskandar.

Earlier this year, UMLand cemented strategic alliances with established and international brands such as The Ascott Limited, ONYX Hospitality Group, Samsung S-1 Corporation, and Regus for the same development. With Samsung C&T headquartered in Korea as the main contractor for the UMCity project, the UMCity development is well en route to assured quality and timely delivery. Samsung C&T is a world-leading construction company responsible for many renowned buildings and skyscrapers such as the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and Tower 2 of the Malaysia Petronas Twin Towers. UMCity will be Samsung C&T’s first commercial project outside of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia.

“We are honoured to be part of the UMCity Medini Lakeside project,” said Chi Hun Choi, the President and CEO of Samsung C&T. He added, “We look forward to continuing our support for Malaysia’s development, having participated in large scale projects including Petronas Twin Towers. We are certain that by working closely together with our trusted partners, the project will be successful.”

Upon completion in 2018, UMCity will be the home to the renowned brands of Citadines, Shama, OZO,and Regus, with Samsung as the comprehensive solutions provider. With these brands onboard, UMCity has one of the most comprehensive international collaborations in a mixed development in Iskandar Malaysia.

UMLand Group CEO, Datuk Charlie Chia said, “Positioned as the commercial hub in Medini, UMCity is a one of its kind waterfront mixed integrated development designed for a vibrant community living and work. UMLand is a long established developer, and we are continuously striving to push boundaries while creating quality lifestyles and communities. This is especially true for UMCity which is poised to become a world-class commercial hub in Iskandar.”

He added “This is where the concept of innovation meets sustainable development within the Medini business district of Iskandar Malaysia. Primed to be the nexus of Medini, this development by UMLand is set to deliver a conducive environment, be it for business, leisure or residence.”

UMLand is assured that the development plans of UMCity will be in sync with the Medini Business District, making it the leading business environment in South East Asia

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Phuket Inside Out


Known for its sandy beaches and vibrant nightlife to tourists, Phuket is fast becoming another property hotspot for property investors around the world. With an influx of tourists in the area, especially driven by the power of the Chinese Yuen, Phuket properties are now well regarded as a strong investment with high potential returns.

With a staggering range of property for sale in Phuket from the aftereffects of the nationwide property boom, developments in the idyllic island paradise can include anything from basic studio apartments to luxury villas with breathtaking beach views.


Phuket is generally warm all year round with the wettest season during the months of September to October. Tourists, however, love to visit this area during the cool monsoon season, from December through March, with cool breezy winds that keeps things comfortable.

With the economy driven up by a large influx of Mainland Chinese tourists who are attracted by the weather and the beautiful, scenic views of the city, investors all over the globe have come to recognize Phuket properties as one of their must-buy as part of their property investment portfolio.

There’s no better time to find out about Phuket than from Sansiri, one of Thailand’s largest and listed property developer. From finding out exactly which part of Phuket you should invest in for maximum rental yield and potential capital gain to the latest updates on upcoming infrastructure projects that point the best areas for you to focus your investment in, now’s the time to hear directly from the local experts and not just from what’s on the web.

Within 30 minutes, you will also find out about how to maximise rental income by adopting different leasing strategies and the transaction costs and taxes involved when you invest in Phuket properties as a foreigner. In addition, find out about one of the best kept gem in the dCondo Mine project, the fully furnished and designed freehold condominium priced from only SGD100,000.


In addition, special incentives that lie in wait for you at the special event include 50% developer financing, 7% p.a. rental guarantee and 14-day from Sansiri.

With limited seats available, do RSVP early and grab your ticket to the “Phuket Inside-Out in 30 Minutes” session happening this weekend 25-26 April 2015.

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Medini – Work, Play, Live


The flagship development of Iskandar, Medini offers a compelling proposition as a place for business, lifestyle and living. Within 908 hectares of prime land in the heart of this rapidly growing area, it offers an urban development in complete harmony with its natural setting. Most importantly, it serves up a treat of factors on its menu for buyers looking for a second home, or a place with attractive potential yield for investment.


Strategically located between Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, right in the heart of the Iskandar Regional Development and connected via Tuas, it is a mere 20 minutes from Johor Bahru and 40 minutes from Singapore’s Central Business District. For the frequent traveller, you will be pleased to know that the Senai Airport lies just 25 minutes while Singapore’s Changi International Airport is 50 minutes away.


In aspiring to be a choice destination for investment in Asia, Medini has been designed with world-class infrastructure connecting Singapore, Asia and the rest of the world via well connected rail, rapid transit system, highways, sea ports and international airports.

It also comes full equipped with an integrated infrastructure with high-quality education, healthcare and other amenities with high speed broadband and telecommunication links to support a pro-business environment.


In addition, the 300-bed, state-of-the-art Gleneagles Medini hospital is well on track to begin operations by second half of 2015. Equipped with cutting-edge medical technology and top notch healthcare professionals that have become synonymous with the brand, the tertiary hospital will further boost the attractiveness of Iskandar as a healthcare destination, easily accessible to patients from all across Malaysia and medical travellers from around the region.


Offering a similarly high standard of living to cities like Singapore and Hong Kong when fully realised, Medini offers attractive cost advantages for businesses to operate and grow. Fully supported by the Malaysian government, this economic development region offers up a pro-business environment with a ready pool of English-speaking and educated workforce. Goldbury Communications, a home-grown IT automotive consultancy firm and Huawei, a leading global ICT solutions provider, are just two of the many companies who have since set up offices in this leading economic growth corridor.

Another of a key target business cluster is the ecosystem for the creative and media sectors, Media @ Medini. This initiative facilitates a ‘blended solution’ concept which can provide the full media value chain from script to final production, by potentially linking complimentary service offerings of Media @ Medini, with Pinewood Studios Malaysia, and Mediapolis Singapore.


As Singapore’s closest neighbour and easily the second most developed country just behind us, the close cultural and similarities in food and lifestyle makes Malaysia an attractive overseas property investment. Though the average property prices have increased, the real estate prices in Medini is still lower than similar properties in Kuala Lumpur, and Singapore, providing a much more attractive option for a second home or as a property investment. Of course, the favourable exchange rates, the Rapid Transit System (RTS) between Johor Bahru city and Singapore’s Thomson MRT line, and the High Speed Rail linking Kuala Lumpur, Iskandar and Singapore further add to the cause for purchasing homes in Iskandar Malaysia.

There are five economic zones, with Zone B, Nusajaya proving to be the most popular with the property investors thus far. With complete township planning that includes specialized security forces and facilities, and quality living conditions, Nusajaya is one of the zone with one of the highest build standards too.


Paradiso Nuova, which is located 10 minutes away from Singapore’s second link, is an affordable yet high-end quality development for home buyers and investors that offers easy ownership package with all international lots and, most importantly, exempted from the RM1 million threshold for foreigners.


All work and no play makes for a dull week, luckily for residents of Medini, there are plenty of options in Iskandar for them to play, relax and unwind after a long day or during the weekends. Apart from the first LegoLand in Asia, Legoland Malaysia, there is also the Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park that also houses the first Hello Kitty Town outside Japan that will be perfect for the family.

For the shoppers, remember to visit the 175,000 square feet Johor Premium Outlets that offers impressive savings of up to 65% off more than 80 designer and high fashion brands. Unwind at the end of the day with an evening spent at the Puteri Habour, which will offer exceptional waterfront living, dining, entertainment, and arts and culture in a picturesque setting.

To find out & experience a better way of living, beyond luxury living, sign up for our iBonus Property Fieldtrip to Paradiso Nuova by Zhuoyuan Iskandar on 11th April 2015 here.

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The Beacon of Medini, the Gateway to Paradise


With no signs of slowing down, the township of Medini in Johor’s Iskandar Malaysia remains a property hot spot as more attractions, schools and companies sprout and expand in the area. With an estimated population of 3 million by 2025 and labour force of 1.46 million according to IRDA, the possibilities for growth remains highly positive.

While the influx of sales have slowed, there remains a steady growth in the home ownership figures. As the first wave of early adopters have already staked their claims on their favoured developments in the early phase, the current group of home buyers and investors are taking a long quick look at investments around the region, and many of them keep coming back to our favourite investment area just north of our borders.

A Greenfield development spanning 2,230 acres earmarked to become the Central Business District of Iskandar Malaysia. Home also to signature developments such as EduCity, a international best-in-class education hub, the new Johor State Administrative Capital; Puteri Harbour, a premium waterfront development across the strait from Singapore, and of course, the newly opened LEGOLAND® Malaysia theme park. It is also located conveniently a mere ten minutes from the 2nd Link CIQ and fifteen minutes to Johor Bahru City Centre.


Against the backdrop of all these and backed by Zhuoyuan Iskandar Sdn Bdn, a joint venture company backed by China’s Zhuoda Real Estate Group and Malaysia’s Iskandar Investment Berhad, the master planner for Nusajaya, Paradiso Nuova is set to be the beacon in the heart of Medini North, Iskandar.

Crafted to deliver a new standard of living of luxury in Medini, the design concept of Paradiso Nuova has been centered on delivering spacious and comfortable living for its residents. With the architectural concept creating a visual archway to a life of luxury with decorated finishes and accessories, it is the gateway to a modern lifestyle of luxury in Medini.


With Zhuoda Real Estate Group as one of China’s top 10 township developer, Zhuoyuan Iskandar has spared no efforts in making the 382-units Paradiso Nuova a haven for the residents with branded appliances, fittings and suite of comprehensive facilities including kitchen appliances from Bosch, kitchen fittings from Teka and sanitary fittings from Grohe.

As Datuk Syed Mohamed Ibrahim, president and CEO of Iskandar Investment Berhad at the development ground-breaking event last year summed it up “More than just a collection of spectacular, high-quality apartments, Paradiso Nuova will offer a way of community living that integrates the best of East and West. Paradiso Nuova by Zhuoyuan Iskandar will definitely strike a chord with Singaporeans who have grown up being accustomed to an exposure of influences from the east and the west.

To find out & experience a better way of living, beyond luxury living, sign up for our iBonus Property Fieldtrip to Paradiso Nuova by Zhuoyuan Iskandar on 11th April 2015 here.

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No better time to Invest in Overseas Property

Simply because if the time is right for you, it is the right time. There are risks, which comes with all types of investment of course, but you can certainly make wise, calculated decisions by attending property seminars, speaking with experienced industry experts and doing your own research.


With information of overseas property becoming more accessible and detailed, and with online sources available 24-7, information is at your fingertips, literally. Why purchase a property in Asia? It is nearer to home, and also makes a good holiday home option. Depending on the rules and regulations in the country of purchase, properties are cheaper and have more space for growth. And rental yields can be substantial, if you invest in the right property in the right location. Compared to Singapore properties, where home loans and buying curbs are increasingly being implemented, the real estate landscape overseas could be more fertile for short-term investment.

Horizon Hills in Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia.

Horizon Hills in Nusajaya, Johor, Malaysia.

Malaysian properties are increasingly popular, especially with strong and steady developments at the Iskandar region. Horizon Hills in Nusajaya, Johor,is part of the Iskandar Malaysia development. Movenpick WHite Sands PattayaNear enough to Singapore with properties half the price or less of the same here, with the luxury of the space of your own, landed homes here are easily accessible via the North-South Expressway, Malaysia-Singapore Second Link, Skudai Expressway and the Perling Expressway. Cluster housing within a spacious buy cosy 1,200 acres, it encourages family and community living.

Looking further north into Thailand, beachfront living in the heart of Asia is offered by Apex Development. Situated in Pattaya, the Movenpick White Sands Beach Condotel development provides investors the opportunity to take part in a hotel development by purchasing hotel rooms which they can in turn earn rent on. This development is nearing completion, is targeted to be ready by end 2013.

But if it an urban lifestyle you fancy, Ayala Land, part of the Ayala Corporation in the Philippines is offering up that possibility at your doorstep. A variety of properties under the Ayala Land umbrella will put you in the centre of Makati city, Manila, with conveniences, shopping and much more in the vicnity.

Garden Towers and Escalada Scelod condominiums in the Philippines. Photo by Ayala Land.

Garden Towers and Escala Salcedo condominiums in the Philippines. Photo by Ayala Land.

Still undecided about which to go for, or perhaps you might even be considering a few, the iProperty International Property expo is where you will find all these developers and more, under one roof, presenting collections and properties at the same time. It might just be the best way to do your research, consult with experts, gather various information and compare pros and cons across the board before signing on the dotted line. The exhibition runs from 26 to 28 July at the Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre and you can pre-register here.

Winners of the People’s Choice Award 2013 – Rise of the “Suburban Condominiums”.

While Singapore has a land area of only 710sq m, there are more than 2,000 private residential developments.  As each development has its unique style, architecture and design to suit the myriad of taste and preferences, consumers are spoilt for choices.

From the annual iProperty Consumer Sentiments Survey, more than 2,000 Singapore respondents indicated thatlocation, price and area were the fundamentals of property selection in Singapore.  As a follow-up, the inaugural People’s Choice Awards (PCA) was organised by to find out which projects are the hot favourites among consumers.  Respondents could vote for whichever properties they felt were most deserving of the awards and unlike actually buying the property, they were not constrained by their budget.

I recall writing an article for several months ago and had selected some of the developments that I thought would stand a chance of winning some of the awards.

To recap, I thought that Marina Bay Suites stood a goodchance of winning the “Take my Breath Award” as the condominium overlooked the Marina Bay as well as the integrated resort.  As for the “Object of Desire Award” I thought that the Interlace stood a very good chance of winning as world-renowned architects Ole Scheeren and Rem Koolhaas from OMA designed the development.  As for the condominium that I would “bet my granny’s savings on” is My Manhattan as it was located near the top 3 most profitable developments from 2009 to 2012.

And the winners are…

City Slickers Award – Best Condominium in Orchard/CBD District:

Skyline @ Orchard Boulevard by Far East Organization

Life’s a Beach Award – Condominium with the Best Resort feel:

Seastrand by Far East Organization

Object of Desire Award – Condominium with the Best Architecture

The Palette by City Developments Limited

Property I would even bet my granny’s savings on Award – Condominium you think that has the highest appreciation potential

Gaia by Amerald Land Ptd Ltd

Saving Gaia Award – Best Eco-Friendly Condominium

eCO by Far East Organization

Supersize Me Award – Best Condominium for Families

Euhabitat by Far East Organization

Staycation Award – Condominium that has facilities of a hotel

Riversound Residence by Qing Jian Realty Pte Ltd

Swinging Single Party Pad Award – Condominium that is best for Singles

Altez by Far East Organization

Take my Breath Award – Condominium with the greatest views

H20 Residences by City Development Limited

Property with the Most Votes award ​

eCO by Far East Organization


What can we glean from the results?

One of the key observations was that many of the developments that won awards were located in the Outside Central Region (OCR).  This goes to show that Singaporeans are starting to accept that desirabledevelopments do not necessarily have to be located in traditional hotspots like Districts 9, 10 and 11.  While traditional hotspots still command a premium, consumers who are more particular on design, facilities, eco-friendliness, etc. are prepared to look beyond the Core Central Region (CCR).


If we were to take a look at developed countries such as the United States or Australia, many condominium projects there offer such special facilities such as a movie theatre, personal trainer in the gym, concierge service, etc.  As Singaporeans become more discerning, it is no longer enough to just offer garden-variety facilities like tennis courts and swimming pools.  To really stand out, developers would have to spend time to come up withunique identifying features such as one-of-a-kindarchitecture or even special facilities like rock-climbing walls and golf simulators.


Property investors hoping to find the next hot deal should also move beyond the conventional wisdom of “location, location, location”.  With an area of only 710sq m, any part of Singapore is likely to be several minutes’ drive away from amenities or a shopping mall.  Hence, to assess the potential of a project, they should also take into consideration the “feel good” factor that the projects elicit.  Hopefully, you will remember this list of PCA winners and eventually use this information to help you decide on your next purchase.

Kitchen Hobs that think for you

In recent years, many have come to recognize that cooking is more than just making food edible. It is an emotion. It tells stories of ages past and of what is to be. Which is why you need to find the most ecological way to help you tell your story.
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